Pet dogs, coyotes, weasels, raccoons and at least one wolf have been found dead. USF&WS and WDNR suspect poison traps were set out to kill gray wolves. It’s under investigation at this point.
Dogs have died in Bayfield, Marinette and Florence County. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it is unknown if there were poisonings in additional counties.
The DNR suspects the wild animals were also poisoned. They’re waiting on lab tests to confirm that.
The DNR recovered a sample of the poison located near a spot where a pet dog was found dead. A photo is attached to this story.
Poison was found on the ground in rural areas. The pet dogs ate it and died in less than 30 minutes.
Clark Cate of Wausaukee lost his dog, Ava, in March.
“I could see she was eating something. I called her off it and went up to what she was eating and we couldn’t identify it,” Cate says.
Ava was eating a chunk of ground meat that contained poison.
“About 10 minutes later, she came out of the woods stumbling, convulsing, hyper-salivating,” Cate said. “We took her to the truck and within 30 minutes she passed away in my arms.” Source WPR
Clark Cate has started a Go Fund Me to raise money for a reward. The money would go to the person who provides information on who is poisoning the animals. CLICK HERE TO DONATE
Zebro said the DNR is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to pinpoint the poison. He said they suspect it’s the pesticide carbofuran.
“It’s used a lot in farming for insects, and we’ve seen it used in potato farmers and stuff like that,” he said.
“We’re in the process of working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife on having the species that we’ve been able to recover, including the most recent domestic dog tested through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Laboratory,” said Lundin. “That’s where we’re going to be able to, hopefully, determine that there is a connection or there’s not.” Read the full story from WPR CLICK HERE
Deaths happened on properties managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Goodman Timber Company.
The DNR, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service are asking for the public’s help in this case. If you have information, leave a tip by calling or texting 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. Report your tip online at https://dnrx.wisconsin.gov/rav/
USF&WS is involved due to the death of a gray wolf, an endangered species.
Were poison traps set out to kill gray wolves?
Can animosity towards a wild carnivore get any worse? I would say yes! In 2010 a notorious anti wolf news source, The Lobo Watch, put out information on how to kill wolves. If USFWS wouldn’t delist Gray wolves then Lobo Watch would take care of them their way. Lobo Watch told their readers to lace xylitol, an artificial sweetener, in meats and throw it in the woods to kill gray wolves. This artificial sweetener was known to be toxic to dogs and cause death. So in 2010 wolf haters were already calling for their followers to use the artificial sweetener, xylitol, to kill gray wolves.
*It has not been determined if the sugar substitute xylitol was used to poison the dogs & wild animals as of the date of the story.
If you find potential evidence like the following please turn it in immediately. Recently on Facebook screenshots have circulated with the names of the hunters who are telling other hunters to use the sweetener to kill wolves. If law enforcement were doing undercover investigation work on this case the culprits have been tipped off by now.
“The public should be eyes/ears of potential violations and report it to DNR Hotline. The public should not get involved with the actual investigation, handling evidence or contacting potential suspects.” Email from Todd Schaller, Chief Warden– Bureau of Law Enforcement, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
I’m working to confirm with DNR Wardens, US Forest Service & Bayfield County to find out if they were tipped off in 2017 at a private meeting. I wasn’t able to find anything online about it. Not one single news story or Facebook post. Why wasn’t the public warned about this in 2017? I want to know if these officials were tipped off in 2017 and if so why didn’t they do their job? If this was known in 2017 why was it kept from the public?
I emailed Todd Schaller, Chief Warden– Bureau of Law Enforcement, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to find out if during a private meeting, were they provided with evidence that anti-wolf advocates were poisoning wolves with Xylitol, and provided with multiple screenshots from anti-wolf Wisconsin residents on Facebook postings.
The following is Chief Schaller’s response:
“In checking with staff in the northern region they do not recall receiving any specific tips, screen shots or information related to the use of Xylitol.
Please go directly to Ava (dog that was poisoned) owner’s GoFundMe site that was set up for collecting money to be used as a reward for any information on who is responsible for poisoning dogs & Wildlife. As of today the reward is at $1,946.00. Give the money directly to Ava’s owner. You’ll find all the information in the link. https://www.gofundme.com/reward-money-for-information